AC Industrials joins the lucrative Van Wars

AC Automotive, under AC Industrials, has launched the British-born Maxus in the Philippines, joining Ayala’s roster of automotive manufacturers including Isuzu, Kia, Honda, Volkswagen and KTM Motorcycles .

“All of our automotive brands offer unique value propositions to particular segments of the motoring market, and we envision Maxus to be very competitive in the commercial vehicle category, particularly in the passenger van and MPV segments,”  Maxus PH president Felipe Estrella III said.

Maxus President Felipe Estrella III

Estrella will lead the Maxus brand in the country, as well as Volkswagen, while also overseeing operations for both brands under the trade name Automobile Central Enterprise Inc., under Ayala ownership.

“Not only does its strength lie in transporting families, Maxus also adds a distinct proposition to cargo transport and shuttle services, offering our multitude of Pinoy small and medium-sized entrepreneurs the opportunity to get their shuttle and cargo businesses going in style, comfort and power.”

Maxus traces its roots from a Leyland DAF van model of the same name. Leyland was a commercial vehicle manufacturer of English origin, until it became defunct in 2009. SAIC Motors, a Chinese automotive conglomerate, now owns the Maxus name and became a fully fledged automotive manufacturer starting in 2010.

Two models are introduced in the initial lineup: the G10 minivan (Front Wheel Drive) and the V80 van, the latter offered in three variants: V80 Flex transport van, the V80 Transport 18-seater shuttle van, and the comfier V80 Comfort 13-seater van. (RWD)

The G10 Minivan

The G10 may cost P1,680,000, but features leather seats with white stitching, a touch screen entertainment system, three rows of captain seats, a 220 volt AC socket, and a wood patterned dash. While the front seats are electronically operated, the rear captain seats are manually operated. Powering the G10 is a turbocharged 1.9 litre diesel, 4-cylinder engine, producing  150 horsepower at 4000 rpm, and 350Nm of torque at 1800 to 2600 rpm.

V80 Flex Cargo Van

Depending on the variant, the V80 vans offer the utility that suit the needs of businesses. The V80 Flex van omits the rear seats in favour for a huge cargo space at the rear, making it suitable for hauling goods.

V80 Transport

The V80 Transport has 18 seats in total, which is suitable for shuttle services, while the V80 comfort has 13 seats, with added plush over the Transport variant.

All V80 models are powered by a turbocharged 2.5L CRDi engine which produces 136 horsepower at 3800 rpm, and 330Nm of torque at 1800 to 2600 rpm, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The V80 models cost P1,570,000 for the Comfort variant, P1,288,000 for the Transport variant and P,190,000 for the Flex variant.

The first Maxus showroom will be at Greenfield District in Mandaluyong City, with more showrooms to rise in ASEANA City near the Manila Bay in Parañaque, Quezon Avenue and some parts of Visayas. The company said that aftersales services for customers include a periodical maintenance during the first 5,000 kms and every succeeding 10,000 kms, or once a year (depending on which comes first), pick-up and delivery service, a 24/7 roadside assistance, as well as on-site servicing for corporate fleet accounts.

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